Mark I. Singer, PhD

Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Deputy Director
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Mark I. Singer is the Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. He is currently the deputy director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education and co-director of the Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.

Curriculum Vitae
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Teaching Information

Courses Taught

SASS 564. Social Work Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
SASS 608. Philosophy of Science and Theory Construction
SSBT 501. Advanced Child/Adolescent Development and Dysfunction

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Youth violence
  • Adolescent behavior problems
  • Co-existing drug and mental disorders
  • Community policing

Recent Funding

The Greater Cleveland Consortium for Youth Violence Prevention
Principal Investigator
NIH ‐ National Institute on Child Health and Development

Grandmothers, Caregiving, Families, and Transitions
(Carol Musil, Principal Investigator, School of Nursing, CWRU)    
NIH‐National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
$2,312,801 (MSASS Funding:  $21,500)

Police Assisted Referral
Principal Investigator
Partnership for a Safer Cleveland


Recent Publications

Gearhart, M. C., Caporale, L., Baughman Sladky, M., Singer, M. I., Wheeler, M. Tuschman, P. (2017). "Medication assisted treatment: Experiences from the field." Perspectives on Social Work,12(2), Fall 2016, 4-11.

Kobulsky, J. M., Minnes, S., Min, M. O., & Singer, M. I. (2016). Violence exposure and early substance use in high-risk adolescents. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 16(1-2), 46-71.

Butcher, F., Kretschmar, J., Singer, M., & Flannery, D.J. (2015). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children in an at-risk sample of youth. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 6(2), 251-268.

Kretschmar, J. M., Butcher, F., Flannery, D. J., & Singer, M. I. (2016). Diverting juvenile justice-involved youth with behavioral health issues from detention: Preliminary findings from Ohio’s Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) Initiative. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 27(3), 302-325.

Singer MI, Flannery DJ, Kretschmar J, Bartholomew J (2015) Brief Report: A County-Wide Survey of Residents’ Violence Exposure. Journal of Psychiatry 18:199. doi: 10.4172/Psychiatry.1000199

Flannery, D.J., & Singer, M.I. (2014). The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University. Research on Social Work Practice. 25 (2) 278-85.

Butcher, F., Kretschmar, J., Lin, Y., Flannery, D.J., & Singer, M.I. (2014). Analysis of the validity scales in the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children. Research on Social Work Practice, 24, 695-704.

Bartholomew, J., Singer, M., Gonzalez, A. & Walker, M. (2013). Police assisted referrals: Empowering law enforcement to be first social responders. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 13(4), 38-49.


Singer, M., Buckner, B. (2017, July 23). Back to the future with community policing in Cleveland. Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Flannery, D., Singer, M. (2016, March 28). Here’s how witnessing violence harms children’s mental health. The Conversation.

Flannery, D., Singer, M. (2014, December 23). Police are first social responders; let’s help them work with citizens. St. Louis Post.

Flannery, D. and Singer, M. (2012, March 4). Chardon school shooting shows us that lessons have been unlearned, the tragedy repeated. Cleveland Plain Dealer.


Singer, M., Gonzalez, A. & Walker, M. (2013, June). Building trust to fight crime: Cleveland’s Police Assisted Referral Program.  Presentation at the Addressing Violent Crime in the 21st Century Conference, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Department of Justice, Columbia,  South Carolina.


Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Social Science Administration
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Arts
Baldwin-Wallace College

Additional Information


  • Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Masters of Nonprofit Organizations